Reminder: There is no jam this week as our Christmas party will be held on the 12th.
for more details see:
Announcements & Schedule
The flyer and map for the March 20-23 “Let’s Gather At The River” Montgomery, Alabama is also found on the link above.
See ya on the 12th!
The Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer: Examining the Creation of an “American Tradition, CFA MU 755, Boston University by Steve Eulberg http://www.dulcimercrossing.com/free/EulbergResearchPaperMD.pdf
Steve Eulberg earned a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University with a focus on teaching folk music on folk instruments. Steve is a 5-time national mountain dulcimer winner and 3-time national hammered dulcimer winner.
I recently acquired Volume V an old book published in 1926 titled, “A Collection of Papers Read Before the Bucks County Historical Society”. The book contains the article “Zithers of the Pennsylvania Germans” written by Henry C. Mercer describing and picturing the scheitholts collected in an near Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the late 19th and early 20th century. click on Zither-Dulcimer Article 1926
Pages 482-497 discuss zithers, scheitholts, and mountain dulcimers. Pages 493-297 (or 20-24 of the pdf file in the link above) cover mountain dulcimers.
In the article the author also discusses, and has a photo, of a mountain dulcimer owned by Loraine Wyman who some of you may have seen featured in the following May 1917 issue of Vogue holding a mountain dulcimer.
Loraine Wyman.May 1917 issue of Vogue
We finally worked it out with the nursing homes so we could play longer at the second one. We will play at each of them from 10:00-10:45 on the second Wed. as usual. We will be divided into two groups (Julie is working on that) and switch each month. And folks can switch as they want to.
Operation Santa is Dec. 10th at Friendship Church; we need to be ready to play at 11:00 when they open the doors for the residents. Singers need to get two or three upbeat songs and give me the names at the next meeting. All players welcome; the meal will be provided for the players, but if you bring guests they are requesting a fee for the meal since it will be catered this year (some of you may want to consider playing a rhythm instrument).
Christmas tunes to practice for operation Christmas: Jingle Bells, Up On the Housetop, Jolly Old St Nicholas, Frosty, Rudolph, Hope Julie and Beth can do I’m Getting’ Nuttin’ For Christmas, And we will do our old renamed tunes like: Reindeer Shuffle, MS Sawyer Christmas Tree, TN Christmas Waltz, Black MT. Christmas Rag, et al. (they like to dance). And Santa will be there! This is their Christmas! If anyone is interested, there is going to be a Habitat House built to house 12 mental health residents.
Dec 12 – 6 PM Christmas Party & Jam– don’t forget, instead of bringing gifts to the Christmas dinner/jam we will have a donation jar instead. We need some volunteers to help with set up and take down, we will have the room at 5:00.
For additional updates as we find out about them see Announcements & Schedule http://athensdulcimerclub.wordpress.com/announcementsnotes
Two items here:
First, Janice Swanner sent this in:
“Bobby Burkeen was kind enough to take this picture of our stage performance at the festival in Fulton, Miss. We had a good crowd. I thought you might want it for our web site. Thanks. “ Click image for larger photo
Second, Louise sent me a short video of the Dulcimer Jam at Joe Wheeler Marina http://youtu.be/MBh-jIYTQho
My latest Dulcimer Dynasty “documentary” features the mountain dulcimer exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum that runs from 11 Oct thru 29 Dec 2013. The URL for my video is
For more about the museum see:
David’s Dulcimers: Instruments from the Schnaufer Collection
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Dulcimer Collection: Museum of Appalachia http://youtu.be/NJ6PdYVVdKo
While my video focuses on the dulcimer collection (and I didn’t get all that either) there is a whole lot more to see at the Museum of Appalachia. They have everything imaginable connected to everyday life in Appalachia in the 1800 to mid 1900s. The museum is well laid out and worth the price of admission. The museum is outside of Knoxville. http://www.museumofappalachia.org
also see the museum’s founder discuss mountain dulcimers: John Rice Irwin: History of the Dulcimer and Jean Ritchie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daCzwDr8sVA